Star Trek

SN: Did “Force Awakens” over-homage?

Star-Wars-Kylo-Ren-watches-Starkiller-Base-firingSN: Did “Force Awakens over-homage?

Now that a couple weeks have past since its highly anticipated release, and the hyperbole is starting to die down, I’ve noticed a lot more backlash for “Force Awakens.”

When I saw it, I loved it. Yes, it had many flaws, but I had the stupidest grin on my face the whole time. The flaws were minuscule compared to how happy this film had just made me. That last time I experienced something like that was “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

I’m not a huge Trekker, nor am I a huge “Star Wars” geek. But I love both of the franchises. Both also happen to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Both also have a ton of fan service within them that probably could’ve been left out.

SN: RIP James Horner

SN: RIP James Horner

On June 22nd 2015 legendary movie composer James Horner died in a plane crash. At this time they are still figure out the details of the accident. He was 61 years old.

I was told once that what you see is only 50% of the movie, the other half is what you hear. James Horner conducted scores for a wide variety of films, some epics, some comedies, some kids films, and even horror films.

He won 2 Oscars both for “Titanic” in 1998, but had been nominated for 6 other films throughout time. In 1987 he was nominated twice for “Aliens” and “An American Tail.” He was nominated again in 1990 for “Field of Dreams.” He was nominated twice again in 1996 for “Apollo 13” and “Braveheart” the two films would go on to fight each other for Best Picture that year. He finally won in 1998 for “Titanic.” His most recent nomination came in 2010 where he teamed back up with James Cameron for “Avatar.”

To watch the filmography of James Horner is to watch some of the Best Films of the last 30 years. I loved all the work he did composing for “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” and “The Search for Spock.” But distinctly the score for “The Land Before Time” has stuck with me, almost more than the movie has, since my childhood.

We have lost what could’ve four more decades of great movie scores. We also lost a great person. Rest in peace James Horner.

SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

Your guard is up. Very few moments in your life you felt the sensation of anxiety and jubilant  glee: your first wedding, birth of your first child, and the premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when John Williams’ classic score accompanied your beating heart. You were pumped. Goosebumps riddled your scrawny body… Lucas’ masterpiece franchise finally to come full circle..

The movie starts… you shrug off the occasional mediocre dialogue, you shrug off the explanation of “The Force” being lazily defined to “Midi-chlorians.” You try and shrug off Jar Jar Binks, but he just… keeps… talking…. You’re at war with your own nostalgia: “No! This can’t be bad! This isn’t bad!”

SideNote: R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

SideNote: R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

There are few franchises as iconic as “Star Trek.” There are also few charcters as iconic as Spock.

Leonard Nimoy was passionate about his involvement with the “Star Trek” franchise where he would also often write and direct. As a trekker, this is a very difficult loss.

But through Spock, Nimoy created an everlasting legacy. Through an emotionless charcter he brought the original series more emotion than ever  with laughter and tears.

I would follow him on Twitter and he’d often conclude his tweets with the acronym “LLAP.” Live Long and Prosper. We’ll do our best Mr. Nimoy. Thanks for everything.

Top 20: Most Iconic Television Characters

andy_griffith_blog1Top 20: Most Iconic Television Characters

Television has been around for a long time, and we have seen some great television shows. From sitcoms, to dramas, to cartoons. But who are the most iconic characters? Who comes to mind when you think of great television personalities?

We have compiled our Top 20 here: (Click “Continue Reading”) (more…)

VOTW: Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” Trailer

VOTW: Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” Trailer

This was a tough week to pick a video, a 14-minute recap of Game of Thrones Season one and two hit youtube recently (haven’t watched it yet, but I’m certain its good) couldn’t give that the title because I already did GOT. Then a new Star Trek teaser was released that was really well edited and showed us more of what the story is.

Finally, I landed on the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring starring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann and More. I really enjoyed Coppola’s Lost in Translation and ever since that film I have been watching out for her new stuff. When I first read about The Bling Ring I wasn’t impressed, needless to say this trailer gave me interest, enough to read the wikipedia article about the true story behind it. (more…)